Long trips are colored by their beginnings, and as we began a 28-day visit to England in May (with the Cumbria Way footpath's 78 miles the first order of pleasure) our choice of Candlewyck Barn B&B as our first stopover quickly set a friendly, down-to-earth tone that lasted throughout our adventures.
After a tiring flight to Manchester we settled in for the two-your train ride to Ulverston, where a taxi delivered us to the B&B. Those were well-spent pounds, as the walk across town is a bit far even if your luggage is minimal. Splurge on the hire (it's cheap) and save your energy for exploring Ulverston later.
Rachael greeted us with a country smile when we arrived and showed us to a room that was clean, very comfortable, and QUIET-the B&B sits at the edge of town, but isn't too far from restaurants, shopping, and sightseeing. And what was that just down the narrow lane outside, viewed from our window? Yes, it was the Cumbria Way, barely out of Ulverston and WAITING. But that was another day away-Sam, Candlewyck's energetic owner, had suggested an advance booking for supper at the Farmer's when we registered with her, and after we'd freshened up we were off to dinner.
We stayed busy in Ulverston during the too-short time we were there, and were satisfied in every way with Candlewyck. Breakfasts-local meats, produce, and eggs, with sunshine pouring through the kitchen windows-were hearty and delicious, and served with a charm that reminds you why you chose a B&B. If we're fortunate and someday return to Ulverston, we'll happily stay at Candlewyck again. Cheers!